How To Get A Philippine Passport – A FilipiKnow’s Ultimate Guide

By | 01/10/2017

Philippine passport is an important document you can obtain at any age. You need it every time you travel, work abroad or prove to someone your citizenship.

Getting a Philippine passport used to be very complicated. But with the advent of technology and DFA’s partnership with Teleserv, securing a passport has never been this easier.

Update (1/10/2017): As of this writing, Pilipinas Teleserv, Inc. no longer handles the online appointment system. It has been under APO Productions, Inc. since June 17, 2016.

Through the online processing system, you can now set an appointment according to your chosen day and time. And with an optional express processing, you can easily get your passport delivered to your home within just 7 working days.

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No idea how to get your passport? Whether you’re a new applicant or about to renew your passport, this article will provide everything you need.

Philippine Passport Application Renewal and Requirements

 

Philippine Passport Application.

Step 1: Ensure you have all the requirements for online appointment system.

According to DFA, these are the basic things you need for successful appointment:

  • A working computer with internet access.
  • A Web Browser. (Internet Explorer ver.11 or higher / Mozilla Firefox ver.45 and up recommended)
  • A VALID and WORKING EMAIL ADDRESS to receive system-generated messages.
  • A PDF reader and a working printer to view and print the system-generated application form in A4-size paper.

 

Step 2: Make an online appointment with DFA.

Go to this link and choose “Schedule an Appointment” from the menu.

Choose either “Start Individual Appointment” if you’re doing this for yourself or “Start Group Appointment” if you want to make appointments on behalf of your family.

Fill in all the required information correctly. Take note of all the requirements needed (please see Philippine Passport Requirements below) and choose your appointment DATE and TIME.

A reference number will be sent to your email together with a link to print your application form. Bring this printed form on the day of your appointment.

Important reminders: 

  • This scheduling and appointment system works on a first come, first served basis.
  • You need either a valid Gmail or Yahoo! email address to receive the booking confirmation as well as updates. According to the DFA website, email accounts from MSN, Hotmail, Outlook and Live aren’t considered valid because of “technical incompatibilities.”
  • In setting an appointment, choose an earlier time as much as possible. By doing this, you can potentially avoid longer queues.
  • If you placed multiple appointments, please be reminded that your previous appointments will be automatically cancelled.

 

Step 3: Proceed to DFA office on your appointed time and date.

The DFA Consular Office is located at ASEANA Business Park, Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Paranaque City (see Map below).

You can also choose among DFA satellite offices located in selected malls, regional consular offices, or Philippine Embassy for those who reside abroad. Click here for more information.

Remember that most of the satellite offices only process new and renewal applications. Other concerns such as lost passports and citizen evaluation cases are referred to the Consular Office.

Important reminders: 

  • Observe proper dress code. Applicants wearing sando, spaghetti straps, shorts, sandals, slippers/flipflops, or tube may not be allowed to enter the building.
  • All applicants from 0 years old onwards are required to appear physically on the date of appointment. No chaperone is allowed for applicants with ages 18 years old and above.

DFA Consular Affairs Office

 

Step 4: Present your application form together with all other requirements to the Appointment Counter. For a complete list of requirements, please see the Philippine Passport Requirements below.

 

Step 5: Get your queue number and sit down on the waiting area. Once your number is called or displayed in the monitor, proceed to the designated window of the Processing Area.

 

Step 6: Pay the applicable processing fees at the Passport Enrollment Section (2nd floor).

Note that unforeseen circumstances such as power failures and natural calamities may delay the release of passport. Nevertheless, NO REFUND of fees will be made on the account of these factors.

 

Step 7: Proceed to the encoding section for image and data capturing.

Important reminders:

  • No need to bring passport-sized photos with you as the encoding team will do the image capturing.
  • Earrings, contact lenses, and smiling with visible teeth are also not allowed at this point.

 

Step 8: Pay the required fee (optional) on the Delivery Counter. This is done so you can deliver the passport to your home during the release date without the need to return to the DFA office.

 

 

Philippine Passport Requirements.

 The following are the requirements for new passport applicants, according to DFA website:

  • Personal appearance.
  • Confirmed appointment.
  • Duly accomplished application form – may be downloaded from DFA Website.
  • Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable. (REPORT OF BIRTH DULY AUTHENTICATED BY PSA IF BORN ABROAD).
  • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity. (Please refer to List of Acceptable IDs and List of Supporting Documents).

For more information, please go to this link.

 

 

Philippine Passport Renewal.

Passport renewal also requires online appointment, but has slightly different requirements.

Step 1: Prepare the necessary requirements needed for passport renewal (See Passport Renewal Requirements below).

Step 2: Set an appointment online (see Philippine Passport Application).

Step 3: Check your email for the confirmation. Click the link and print your filled application form.

Step 4: Proceed to DFA office on your appointed time and date. If possible, try to arrive 30 minutes to one hour earlier. Late comers will not be entertained.

Step 5: Present your application form to the Appointment Counter.

Step 6: Get your queue number and sit down on the waiting area. Once your number is called or displayed in the monitor, proceed to the designated window of the Processing Area.

Step 6: Present the requirements and indicate if you prefer regular (P950) or express processing (P1,200).

Step 7: After paying the renewal fee, proceed to the encoding section for data and image capturing.

Step 8: Pay the required fee (optional) on the Delivery Counter. This is done so you can deliver the passport to your home during the release date without the need to return to the DFA office.

 

Passport Renewal Requirements.

The following are the requirements for passport renewal, according to DFA website:

  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment
  • Duly accomplished application form – may be downloaded from DFA Website
  • Most recent expiring or expired passport
  • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity. (Please refer to List of Acceptable IDs and List of Supporting Documents).

For more information, please go to this link.

 

Watch Video: How to Make a Passport Appointment Online Philippines (Oct 2016).